It’s our last few days of the best time of our lives!
A few weeks ago, Den entered a raffle at an NMSS benefit party, and he won a complimentary night at the Bowery Hotel plus dinner. The last day of November was our chosen date for this memorable event.
We first took the subway, as usual, to Union Square to do some holiday shopping, as this had been reputed to be the best Christmas market in the city. It was super-crowded and really painful. We enjoyed walking about the north end of the square by the statue of Lincoln plus visiting the fresh food green market. We truly wanted to buy a sweet wreath made from princess pine, unlike anything we have in Denver, but had no room. We enjoyed some hot cider on this brisk day.
We headed east towards the Alphabet City area, an up and coming part of NYC that is just starting to become gentrified.
We stopped at Obscura on 13th & A. This is a store devoted to death and is owned by the sister of Seth Gopin, our fabulous leader for the architectural tour we took earlier with Gail Fisher. The shop was just as weird as we had expected, even though it is featured on national tv. The area south of here around 9th and A or 1st was particularly cute with antique shops and boutiques.
We arrived at the Bowery Hotel about 5 pm. It is one of the “in” places in NYC now. Cost of a room is usually about $400 per night. Our lovely room was small and furnished with exquisite linens and furnishings. The window looked out onto a brick building with signage for “rooms for one, baths.” It reminded us that we were in a very old part of the city.
We had a beer in the cozy bar which is actually a large living room with a wood-burning fireplace. We looked around at all the young people gathered in small groups chatting and laughing and relaxing. What a lovely place for a Saturday night!
We went into the next room for dinner, Gemma, an Italian restaurant and had saltimbocca. For dessert we had affogato, one of our NY discoveries. As we were finishing dinner, we looked out the window and saw Judy and Gary Givens, friends from Denver, walking by. They joined us briefly and then we walked with them a couple of blocks to Susan (daughter) and Chris’s apartment at Bowery & Houston. This was a chance to see our first apartment besides our own. They have two bedrooms and rent is $7000/mo! It was a pleasure to walk back to the hotel and climb into a fabulous firm bed with fine Egyptian cotton sheets.
On Sunday we met the Givens for brunch at Lafayette and then parted ways. We walked around the lower east side and it felt very familiar, just like we live here….we do! Along the way we saw well-known art murals and laughed at the hotel sign below.
Arrived home for a pasta dinner and the Bronco game. We walked over 14,500 steps today, 6 miles!